Looking for Teeth Whitening Options


So I have tried to whiten my teeth on my own because my teeth are not very white. They aren’t really yellow, but I’d sure smile a lot more if they were whiter. I really don’t know how they have come to take on the yellow coloring. I have excellent dental hygiene, brushing and flossing daily. For the last couple of weeks I have been brushing with baking soda and peroxide. Someone told me that this method would work well, but I haven’t seen anything noticeable. I’ve also tried many of the toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth but have been disappointed. Any advice?

– Kevin in Nebraska


You are not alone in your dissatisfaction with over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Unfortunately, brushing with baking soda and the toothpastes you have tried simply are not powerful enough to give beautiful, white results.

Professional teeth whitening that is supervised by a dentist will give you significantly whiter teeth. The whitening agent in these bleaching treatments is peroxide but the fundamental differences are that they are so much more powerful than the over-the-counter products and they remain on the teeth much longer.

Your dentist may recommend take-home bleaching trays. This treatment uses customized bleaching trays to whiten teeth. You simply wear the trays for the amount of time that your dentist instructs you to. This will take a couple of weeks to whiten teeth. And one of the nice things is that you can continue for as long as you want until you desired level of whiteness is reached. Or you can always go back to your dentist after several months to get more bleaching gel so you can touch up your teeth.

There are other in-office whitening methods. One that is popular is Zoom whitening. This innovative method uses a special light which activates the gel to make your teeth up to 10 shades whiter. It is a very popular method that can be completed in only one appointment so if convenience is important, Zoom may work well for you.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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